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New York Shaving Company Brooklyn Shaving Cream Review

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New York Shaving Company (NYSC) recently added a new scent to their line, “Brooklyn.”  They know I’m a big fan of their Tonsorial shaving cream so they offered to let me try a tub of Brooklyn.

The Inspiration

From the NYSC website, “John & Kim, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York were eager to develop a Superior Shaving Cream than what’s available in drug stores. Kim started handcrafting Shaving Creams in their Bensonhurst apartment and tested them on customers at the Elizabeth Street Tonsorial Parlor. Within a few months, The New York Shaving Company products were born….”

The Scent

Again, from the NYSC wetsite: “The scent opens with Bergamot and Citrus notes creating a burst of freshness. It emerges with traditional fougere elements such as Lavender, Geranium and Vetiver providing a core of masculinity. It finishes with notes of Woods, Musk and Patchouli.”

Me?  I get a distinctly powdery, “seaside” vibe from the scent.  If I had to match my thoughts to their description, I get the citrus, geranium, and musk notes…but it’s a complex, cologne-like scent to my (admittedly poorly-educated) nose.  I still really like the scent of Tonsorial but Brooklyn just might make a solid runner-up for me.  🙂  The scent is moderately strong in the tub but softens quite a bit for me on the face.  I found the scent did not persist particularly long after the shave so your aftershave cologne or EdT scents should be safe.

The Performance

The performance of the NYSC shaving creams I’ve tried in my “hard” water have always been very good: their “Tonsorial*” scent is a favorite of mine and in my regular rotation.  Brooklyn holds up to the others–a creamy texture out of the tub and a thick, luxurious lather on the face (it also seems to be fairly flexible with the amount of water it requires).  I find both the “cushioning” and the “lubrication” aspects right up there with the classic British brands.

Ingredients: water, myristic acid, stearic acid, coconut acid, potassium hydroxide, glycerin, organic cocoa seed butter, sodium hydroxide, organic aloe leaf juice, allantoin, hydroxyethylecellulose, sorbic acid, fragrance.

You can only find it on NYSC’s website and Amazon*.

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3 thoughts on “New York Shaving Company Brooklyn Shaving Cream Review”

  1. It may be just me, but almost all “traditionally” manly scents I associate with my childhood are what I believe you call “powdery.”
    A couple examples that spring to mind are Clubman aftershave and Razorock XXX. Both have a light, sweet scent that reminds me of scented talc. I was astonished when I tried the XXX because my grandparent’s bathroom always smelled very similar after my grandfather would shave. I know he didn’t use this soap, but whatever he did use smelled very similar.
    Can anyone else attest to a similar olfactory nostalgia?

    1. Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean)

      I can say Clubman is the scent I associate with the barbershops of my youth (I’m sixty years old). Still a very nostalgic scent to me. But nowhere near a elegant a Razorock XXX (which I understand is Acqua di Parma).
      And while I don’t recall the shaving scents of my grandfathers, I had a very dapper uncle who used Lilac Vegetal. Even used it myself, for awhile.

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